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38 year old internet fraudster bags two years jail term, N600,000 fine

38 year old internet fraudster bags two years jail term, N600,000 fine

A 38-year-old internet fraud suspect, Abiona Festus Akinyemi, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for internet fraud.

Akinyemi who was prosecuted by the Ilorin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on a two-count charge of internet fraud was on the wanted list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, United States Department of Justice.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Lagos State Special Offences Court, Ikeja, convicted and sentenced Akinyemi, according to the anti-graft agency.

The FBI, in a petition dated July 10, 2019, had appealed to the Ilorin Zonal Office of the EFCC to ensure Akinyemi’s arrest and prosecution for his roles in a multi-million naira international scam.

One of the charges read, “That you, Abiona Akinyemi Festus, (Ella Jones) sometime between January 2011- May 2016, at Lagos within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, by means of fraudulent tricks used the email address ellajonesO5@yahoo.com to bypass online security and obtained the sum of N5,950,000 only from retirement accounts held by an insurance company for public workers in the United States of America.”

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Festus pleaded guilty to the charges, upon which the Head of Advance Fee fraud, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal office, Olamide Sadiq, reviewed the facts of the case which included that the defendant was arrested based on a petition from the FBI linking him to the offence.

Justice Taiwo convicted Festus as charged and sentenced him to one year each imprisonment on each of the two counts with an option of N300, 000 fine on each of the counts.

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